Travel advisory lifting just ploy

Srinagar, October 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue without witnessing an iota of relief, today, on the 67th consecutive day of unrelenting military lockdown and communications blackout.

The huge presence of Indian troops in every lane and by-lane has made the life of Kashmiri people a hell. The internet and mobile phone connectivity continues to remain completely suspended, adding to the miseries of the besieged people.

The publication of newspapers has been hampered as they have failed to update their online editions while journalists are unable to report from the ground due to the gag on communications leaving the territory virtually cut off from the outside world. Business activities are suspended and public transport is off the road while educational institutions, although open, yet they are devoid of students and staff.

Meanwhile, people associated with tourism industry said that the so-called authorities’ decision to lift travel advisory has failed to attract tourists amid the ongoing suspension of internet and mobile phone services. They said the announcement is, on one hand, a ploy to hoodwink the international community and, on the other, it is meant to facilitate the entry of RSS goons in the gab of tourists to the territory to carry out bloodbath once the restrictions are lifted. Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday announced to revoke from today the travel advisory issued on August 2 asking tourists and Amarnath Yatrees to leave occupied Kashmir immediately. »

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Glasgow, October 10 (KMS): Tehreek-e-Kashmir Scotland and Scottish Human Rights Forum, today, jointly launched the ‘Kashmir Digital Campaign’ to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir who are under a draconian curfew since August 5.

President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Scotland, Muhammad Hanif Raja, inaugurating the Kashmir Digital Campaign, said that the messages on the digital van would expose the violent and brutal image of India that projects itself a democratic country through propaganda.

He said “Kashmir Digital Campaign will show the world how New Delhi turned the occupied territory into open-air prison where more than nine million people are caged.”

The Chairman Scottish Human Rights Forum, Dr Javid Gil, said: “We need to come out with new ideas to highlight human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.”

He stressed that Kashmir Digital Campaign is a new idea to highlight the dispute at international level and expose Indian atrocities in the occupied territory.

“Overseas Kashmiris have launched such kind of digital campaigns across the world and have attracted local communities and international media towards Kashmir’s dangerous situation,” Dr Javid Gill claimed. »

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New Delhi, October 10 (KMS): There have been 306 incidents of stone pelting in occupied Kashmir since it was stripped of its special status on August 5 by the Indian communal government.

On August 6, Parliament approved abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmirand bifurcated the territory into two Union Territories.

Apart from deployment of extra troops in what was already the most militarized region of the world, the authorities imposed severe restrictions on movement, snapped phone and internet lines, and detained over 4,000 people including the pro-India politicians.

According to official record, forces have undertaken five encounters in which 10 youth have been martyred.

While the authorities have maintained that not a single bullet has been fired and not a single person has died. A class XI student, Asrar Ahmed Khan, whose family claimed was injured in pellet gun firing after a procession was taken out in Soura area of Srinagar, had succumbed to his injuries on September 4. The Army, however, had denied that the boy succumbed to pellet injuries and said he had died during stone pelting.

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Srinagar, October 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities’ decision to lift travel advisory has failed to cheer up tourism players given the internet gag and negative publicity.

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday announced to revoke the travel advisory from October 10.  On August 2, the authorities had issued advisory asking tourists and Amarnath Yatrees to leave occupied Kashmir.

“Revoking advisory will not have any impact. Our entire tourism season has been ruined. How is it going to benefit the travel agents when all bookings and reservation are done online? Internet is not working here,” Bashir Ahmed Karnai, member of Travel Agents Society of Kashmir, told media.

He said, hospitality sector has borne the brunt of the advisory and the first thing the authorities should do is to restore the communication. “At least broadband should be restored. Convincing tourists to visit the territory when the advisory has created a fear psychosis is going to be a challenging task,” he said. »

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Srinagar, October 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated due to unrelenting military siege.

The huge presence of Indian troops in every lane and by-lane has virtually confined the residents to their homes, making their life a hell. Normal life remains badly affected on the 67th running day, today, due to the military clampdown.

The internet and mobile phone connectivity, barring some landline phones that have been restored, continues to remain completely suspended, adding to the miseries of the people. The publication of newspapers has been badly hampered as they have failed to update their online editions while journalists are unable to report from the ground due to the gag on communications. This has led to the territory’s residents being cut off from the outside world.

Business activities continue to remain suspended and public transport off the road while educational institutions are empty. Residents say this is the first time that they have witnessed such severe clampdown and prolonged restrictions on communications. »

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Washington, Oct 10 (KMS): “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world,” says Kamala Harris, a major Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential election.
“We are keeping a track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands,” she said in a recent statement. Her comments are even more significant because she is of Indian descent from her mother’s side, Dawn reported.
So far, three major presidential candidates have spoken on Kashmir — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. All three are members of the US Senate and have strong chances of being on the Democratic ticket for 2020, which may have two names from this list, one for president and the other for vice president. »

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Islamabad, Oct 10 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said such unique is the relationship between Pakistan and China that they always take each other into confidence on all important matters.
He was speaking in Beijing about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meetings with the Chinese leadership.
The Foreign Minister said Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying a short informal visit to India and it was our mutual desire to take each other into confidence regarding the visit.
He said it is the third visit of the Prime Minister to China in the last thirteen months. »

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Islamabad, Oct 10 (KMS): President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said that Pakistan is effectively raising the voice for Kashmiris at all forums across the globe.
Addressing a roundtable conference in Islamabad organized by Institute of Strategic Studies, he said the whole Pakistani nation stood like a rock wall with the people of Occupied Kashmir.
Lashing out at the fanaticism of Indian rulers, the AJK President said that Modi and his allies are following the so-called Hindutva philosophy, which declares creation of Pakistan a sin.
Sardar Masood Khan said India might intensify proxy war and could start construction of Ram temple to bring the Indian Muslims under psychological pressure just to punish Pakistan for supporting Kashmiri people.
The AJK President urged the UN Security Council to take steps under chapter VI of the UN Charter and find a peaceful political solution to the Kashmir conflict. »

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